Plant Based BUILD-A-Meal Swap
This is something we tried in our own local plant based community to minimize the prepping each of us has to do to keep our refrigerators stocked with fresh veggies/legumes/grains. It operates similar to a Christmas Cookie Swap where each person brings 12 of the same item, then you trade with 12 other people and leave with 12 different prepped veggies/legumes/grains. One person needs to take charge, and organize the event. Below is a copy of the flyer we emailed to select people we thought would be interested in participating (It is best to have at least 12 participants).
Plant Based Dallas…….Build-a-Meal Swap
WHY: Do you find it hard to cut and prepare all the fruits, veggies and whole grains you are consuming? We will help each other out by swapping! Each one of us will choose one item off the list, and bring only that item to the swap.
What to Do:
RSVP to Event Planner with your choice of veggie, grain or bean
Purchase and wash a case of pint size mason jars (save box for transport to swap)
Label jars with ingredient before filling (masking tape/sharpee)
Label jars with date prepared (masking tape/sharpee)
Prepare your ingredient no earlier than one day before swap. if cooked, let cool completely.
Generously fill 12 pints mason jars with your ingredient, and let cool completely before screwing on lids.
Bring 12 jars to swap in original canning jar box and swap!
Let the Event Planner know exactly how many jars you will be bringing.
If you have MORE than 12 people, and everyone is bringing different amounts of jars, it can still work, you just need to be organized. You need to know exactly how many jars each person is bringing, and IN ADVANCE, mark off on counters, tables etc, with masking tape, and write a number and name in each space indicating how many jars should be placed in that section. As people come in to trade, have them put one of their jars in each of the allotted spaces until they run out of jars. Be sure not to go over the number of jars written in each section. This can be confusing, but if you are organized, it can work! We just had a swap with 20 different women who brought anywhere from 10-20 jars each, for a total of 324 jars shared!! Those that bring the most might go home with duplicate jars, but who cares?
Ingredients To Choose From:
chopped blanched asparagus
chopped blanched broccoli
chopped blanched brussel sprouts
chopped blanched butternut squash
chopped blanched carrots
chopped blanched cauliflower
chopped blanched new potatoes
chopped blanched sweet potatoes
cooked chopped kale/collard greens
chopped red onion
chopped red bell pepper
chopped yellow/orange/green bell pepper
chopped poblano pepper
chopped jalapeno pepper
chopped zucchini/yellow squash
thinly sliced green cabbage
thinly sliced red cabbage
shredded, or sliced carrots
cooked plain black beans
cooked plain brown lentils
cooked plain garbanzo beans
cooked plain kidney beans
cooked plain pinto beans
cooked brown rice